Your godchild’s birthday is coming up soon, and you still don’t have a gift. Your sister has traveled miles to visit you with her two-year-old daughter in tow, and you’d like to give some toys to your niece but you have no idea what to buy. If you can relate to these situations, fret no more.
Here are some educational toys that will surely make a toddler have fun and learn at the same time:
1. Bath puppets and Tub Toys
A bath puppet shaped like a cute dragon, frog, octopus, or hippo will bring lots of fun and laughter to a toddler’s bath time. Rubber ducks and caterpillar-shaped tub toys also add fun to the little one’s grooming activity.
Bath puppets and tub toys are considered educational toys because they introduce colors and tactile experiences to babies. They also help develop a toddler’s cognitive and motor skills while reinforcing the concept of hygiene.
2. Building Blocks
Building blocks come in varied colors and sizes. There are those made of lightweight corrugated boards that are safe for kids to use. Building blocks encourage social play and even basic math. The classic ABC blocks do not only allow toddlers to pile them up but also introduce them to the alphabet.
The puzzles good for toddlers to play with are those that enable them to mix and match pieces and still form creations even if they are wacky. Puzzles allow toddlers to have fun while enhancing their creativity. Usually made of wood, peg puzzles mostly feature animals, cars, parts of houses, and shapes.
4. Roller-coaster Toys
Roller-coaster toys have colorful wires and beads that will surely fascinate all toddlers. This kind of toy aids in the development of visual tracking skills, hand-eye coordination, as well as shape and color recognition.
5. Shape Sorters
Shape sorters are usually brightly colored toys that help a child develop shape, color, and size differentiation skills. There are those that teach them to recognize the basic shapes while others teach them more complicated shapes like those of animals and other irregularly shaped objects.
Toddler stackers come in bright colors and shapes. Some are shaped like animals, rings, barrels, cubes, cups, and other geometric shapes. These toys aid in a child’s development of hand-eye coordination as well as color and shape recognition. They also help toddlers learn basic math.
7. Interactive Software
There are many available CDs that help children appreciate music and learning. Some feature lively songs or shows that teach them about body parts, farm animals, seasons, colors, numbers, shapes, water activities, and even poetry.
Remember these three things when shopping for toddlers – color, shape, and size. Toddlers have no concept of tacky colors, so at least you can get anything colorful and they’d still like it. Anything with varied shapes will appeal to them. Whatever you eventually decide to get, make sure that the toys have no small parts that can be removed then swallowed.
Picking a gift for a toddler whose likes and dislikes are not familiar to you is never easy, but it isn’t rocket science either. Giving educational toys is always a wise choice!